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2009 Poker Year in Review — Part II

Major Stories From the Latter Part of the Year

by Stephen A. Murphy |  Published: Feb 05, 2010

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“Can’t read my, can’t read my, no he can’t read my poker face …” – Lady Gaga Poker Face, the international hit bellowed out by 23-year-old pop sensation Stefani Germanotta (better known as Lady Gaga), was one of the biggest songs of 2009. No matter where you went, you couldn’t help but hear that Lady Gaga wanted to “play hold’em like they do in Texas” or that she was “bluffin’” with her “muffin.” It was an odd mantra for the centuries-old game that became a global obsession this past decade. Besides getting its due time on the radio, poker was also a hot topic in the media in 2009, as many newspapers reported on the latest insults that show-business personality Joan Rivers was throwing around in her verbal warfare with poker pro and fellow Celebrity Apprentice finalist Annie Duke. In fact, poker was the central theme in nearly a dozen ...


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